Hi and welcome to my bio. I write creatively and journalistically, study astrological counseling with a teacher in New York City, have an active dream life, and have many other interests including edge science research through the SSE and bodywork training through the Rosen Method. In the academic realm, I have a degree in biological engineering from Cornell University where I also was a captain of the cross country team. As an athlete, I played many sports and was a dedicated distance running practitioner and coach for about 9 years. In 2010, shortly after I ran my first marathon in Philadelphia where I placed 2nd, my life experience was offered the first of many significant shocks when I met a man who was teaching a yoga class in Mercersburg, PA. I stopped running competitively and started investigating other worldviews. Since then, I have been exploring many different practices outside of the academic and sports world, and enjoy trying to synthesize my experiences in a valuable way for myself and others. Currently I live in Hudson, NY near my hometown of Ghent and am experimenting with the Emerging Leader Labs seed project in Chatham, NY.
I am a maker testing a civic accelerator called theMAKE: http://www.themake.org/. I explore, and make a business case for, how to ignite participatory communion within diversity so that wildly different people feel purposeful, grounded and generous, coming together to make something that has a measurable impact on a community. Some call this civic action. I think of it as neighbors, building neighborhoods, by any means necessary.
Where I am now is largely informed by what I've done and a recent, giant leap of faith.
The bricks and mortar of me – I’ve worked with Fortune 500 Corporates, global NFPs and NGOs to execute action change campaigns that shift consumption behavior and perception towards a greater good through internal/external engagement, storytelling, cultural design, number crunching, branding, marketing and messaging. I’ve focused on getting you engaged and active, as a positive change agent.
My background is in strategy, alliance and partnership creation, public finance and community and economic development. I’ve outliered as a culture reporter for MTV Asia, a financial anchor for Hong Kong’s Metro Broadcast Corporation Radio, a high-end florist, a garde manger, a stylist, and fish monger. On paper, I have an advanced degree in Management & Policy from the New School of Social Research and an AB from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Over the last few years, I've realized, like many others, that if what we want is a new and better human 'operating system' then the best place to start is within myself. To deconstruct my own patterns and assumptions is something which I have not just sat down and done once, but adopted as a process to continually revise and polish my own capacities. My gifts include:
Hosting, making others feel seen and safe.
Empowerment to employ many disciplines of thinking including design, systems, computational, creative, and critical thinking, and the discernment to tell what's needed when.
Pragmatically, my main area of skill is in technology, ranging from video production, to image manipulation, to web development, design, and hosting server knowledge and experience, to web application development using frameworks like Ruby On Rails.
My gratitudes include:
The ongoing support and connection to an intentional learning community of practice, which makes all else more possible.
I believe that, even though I try, defining myself is something I can not do, change is permanent (paradoxically), . My name is Rubén, was born in México and I'm currently living there. Love to write, photography and steping into "the unknown". Learning is my passion, think life it's the perfect school, from the cradle to the grave.
Believe that evolution, being a natural event, is unstoppable. I want to put my heart, intelect and talents to serve this divine transition into a fairer life.
We need air to live but we do not live to breath, life is waiting for us beyond the current paradigm of interaction. Let's find her, bravely
Thank you for your time and attention.
Love and health.
I like gameshifting. (; [Listen With Me Page to the Right] (http://emergingleaderlabs.org/Gameshifting_Overview) We use Languague, sure, but FORGET ABOUT THE MAGIC AND COHERENCE AND ARCHITECTURE AND ENERGY AND CREATIVITIY AND EXPRESSION OF CONVERSATION and COMMUNICATION ITSELF!
I'm a hard one to pin down, but I'm all about games, whether they be physical or virtual. I've been on a leap year recovering from illness (bi-polar) and it had been long overdue as I had this UNDIAGONOSED condition for about 4-5 years with no treatment now.
I'm no visual artist, but I am a concept art fan and a Java Jam Junkie from High School. I only just entered (or will be) entering college right around the second round of the labs.
I'm into WRITING, exploring, researching, and well... drifting off, creating new worlds in the process. I enjoy iterations of Glass Bead Games [kanban boards, metamaps.cc, GameShifting, Open Modeling, MetaCurrency] and drawing maps/legends/canon/knowledge/holons/edges/ with my mind (and specialized tools) kwown as Open Modeling and/or 'GameShifting'.
How can I put it? I'm an Reportager Edger (or Reportager) now (But still a gameshifter!) [Someone who reports what is happening on the edge of different paradigms] and want to live the part. Enjoy the roller-coaster, between the techtonic, miraculous, serendpitious and (sometimes painful and hard) shifts, but stll, it will be fun!
My Concentrations are Resilence and Aptitude Training as well as Network Weaving. But Reportage Edger is my current... 'profression' for lack of a better word. It's BECOMING part of who I am. Not just being something, becoming something more resilent... with each stage of aptitude.
Ask yourself this question, just this one question, Are We Having Fun Yet? That question is a currency. The Benefit of the Doubt is a currency as well. What you Make of This is also a currency. Shift on it. Make shift happen. You can do it. GO! NIKE!
Human consciousnesses is not merely an emergent phenomenon; it epitomizes the logic of emergence in its very form... Consciousnesses emerges as the incessant creation of something from nothing. a process continually transcending itself. To be human is to know what it is like, (Evolution/Life/Paradigmatic Lore), what it feels like to to be evolution/involution happening.
Terrance Deacon, "The Hierarchic Logic of Emergence"
(R)E:Volutionaries Page 100 [ I plan on using the annotations out of this book as tools for building our collective social Emerging Leader Labs (and beyond!) Social DNA (Including Social Leadership and Social Imagination) ]
P.S - Twitter Description:
Gameshifter. Up to all kinds of good. Much interest in niches/Techneiums, plus serious and alternate reality game design. With complexity, systems, energy, generativity.
Social Ecosystemic Playgrounds · http://emergentbydesign.com/2012/09/05/video-emerging-leader-labs-wrap-up/
P.S.S Dream Big. What does this Project make Possible in This World?
[Meta-Note: I plan on writing more, This more technical stuff. There will be more things meant for general audiences. This is what I'm 'writing for ELL.' (For now, more to come!) ]
Gameshifting is a lot of things... but its cool, without a doubt. Gameshifiting is a lot like hacking the (culture) matrix. For real. Learn what it means to be a Social Architect.
Gameshifting is about creating new social [membrane/dna] realities with our tribes [tribegathering] using co-designed cultural games, legends and tools. It teaches us how to become more agile and create greater 'soil.' The support and nurturing of social communities and natural emergence.
It lets us inteface with social artitechtures and combines the power of both meta and source. Meta being conceptual [or composable] abstractions and source being actual 'things', the 'membranes' that are embodiments of relationships, memories, technes and cohesions.
It is about co-creation, co-mentoring, co-learning and energetic praxis. It lets us reflect and engage in the practice of mindful cultures. Mindful cultures understand the potiencial in our social dna. Social dna being the language, rituals, traditions and social contracts or membranes that are generated and exchanged. Life design with our imaginations and commonwealth.
It lets us hold and morph spaces. It lets us pratice the art of hosting, mirroring and creating new roles in a group. It helps us to create renaissance teams. It's about trust. It uses strategic questioning to get the depth of what it is important to us.
It's about the resurangance of our own natural leadership which is being who we are and creating, building, being accountable without being limited.
P.S.S Original Culture Hacking Protocols For GameShifting
One Sentence Synopsis:
I'm excited by the idea of an emerging ecosystem for social innovation and sustainable peer production!
My personal story leads from outdoorsey childhood in Oregon, through undergrad physics / astronomy education, into media production and ecological design. I am keen on the idea of networked agile ecovillaging, utilizing digital tools to engage large supportive communities in this process as stakeholders.
I am working to develop prototypes and projects around Columbia County, NY, including the Solaqua home base of Emerging Leader Labs. This includes permaculture design, natural building and landscape art, community organizing and outreach, video production, team building, personal growth and learning, open enterprise development, gift exchange, and lots of fun risk and reward.
I am comfortable in roles like ideation, invention, strategy, observation, and push my edge on things like project management, group facilitation, communications, marketing/soliciting, mentorship, and executive action.
I believe, and increasingly act, in accordance with the evident abundance of nature and networks.
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